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BOSTON -- Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro had a cortisone shot in his neck on Monday and did not play against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first game of a three-game set Tuesday at Fenway Park.
The shot, which according to manager Terry Francona was a nerve-root injection, had been planned for the off day so Scutaro wouldn't miss much playing time. He's been bothered by a stiff neck for the majority of the season and said Tuesday afternoon it still feels the same as before he had the shot.
"I have to wait, I guess," he said before the Red Sox beat the Diamondbacks 6-3.
It's likely Scutaro will be back in the lineup on Wednesday.
"I think everything went really well," Francona said. "He really wanted to play [Tuesday night], but talking with the medical people it sounded like if we could give him one more day to let everything work he would be better off long term."
Scutaro has been playing with a pinched nerve in his neck for the majority of the season, while also dealing with "dead muscle" in his chest and triceps on his left side. Despite the nagging injuries, Scutaro's been playing well.
"He's been really good about not complaining about it, so if it's been bothering him, which I don't doubt, he hasn't said much," Francona said. "He really likes to play. I think he's afraid if he says something to us, we won't play him."
Scutaro has been receiving treatment for the aches and pains in order to play. He's batting .282 with four homers and 19 RBIs this season.Joe McDonald covers the Red Sox for ESPNBoston.com.